There are at least four ways that physicians can be sued over genetic testing, blogs Hsien-Hsien Lei. One is wrongful birth (also called wrongful life), a scenario in which a doctor might have received a false negative result or not have done enough genetic testing. Another is not doing pharmacogenetic testing before prescribing a drug, such as warfarin.

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The UK's Nuffield Council on Bioethics says genetically modifying human embryos could be morally permissible, according to the Guardian.

A new Nature Biotechnology paper reports that CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing can lead to large deletions or complex rearrangements that could be pathogenic.

The Wall Street Journal likens a prototype developed by Synthetic Genomics to a "biological fax machine."

In PNAS this week: strategy for reactivating Rett syndrome-linked MECP2, small molecules able to suppress Staphylococcus aureus virulence, and more.